Today’s post marks the 1 year anniversary of my first blog, my 52nd entry!!! It’s been an incredible and challenging year, and I wouldn’t have come half as far without your support, dear readers. Despite the knowledge that affirmation must come from within, it’s still nice to gain encouragement and positive feedback from the outside world. The Footloose confetti train still whistles loud and clear every time someone shares a comment, joins me on Facebook or re-tweets a post on Twitter. Blogging is an interesting art form – finding the right balance of image and text, inspiration and sheer will. At the end of the day, I discovered that I had to love the work itself in order to keep going; I needed to love the writing and the thinking and the struggling without expectation that it would reach the hearts and minds of anyone else. I guess that’s a bit of advice from you to me: go after what you love (hunt it down if you have to) and stick with it. Good things take time – so build the foundations carefully. Place each brick with great precision and perspiration. And whatever you do, don’t you dare give up. Tell the naysayers to shove it, and get after the life you long for.
To quote one of my favorite poets, Rainer Maria Rilke:
Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.”
― Letters to a Young Poet